Projects involving traffic calming measures, road improvements and improvements to multi-use sporting facilities in Leitrim will benefit to the tune of €274,800 under the CLÁR programme which was announced this week.
The CLAR programme a targeted investment programme for that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in rural areas that have experienced significant depopulation.
The biggest single funding comes in Carrick-on-Shannon €56,800 has been provided for surface removal and the provision of an all-weather surface at the Carrick-on-Shannon Leisure facility with another €14,200 coming from Leitrim County Council to make up the total cost of €71,000.
The news of the funding has been welcomed by Sligo Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin and Senator Frank Feighan with McLoughlin commenting “In particular, this funding is focused on issues such as safety at schools and community centres and the development of amenities for young people in rural areas.
“I am confident that the funding provided through CLÁR will support communities here in Sligo and Leitrim as they look to ensure their children are safe and have recreational amenities available to them in their own communities.
“The funding will also ensure that communities are able to access the natural resources in their area for their own health and social benefit and to offer attractive options to visitors to the area. I believe that these two allocations made this week for towns and villages in rural Ireland will be welcomed on the ground and will be of a great boost to the local communities involved.”
Cllr Frank Dolan has welcomed the funding announcement for the county noting especially the funds allocated to flashing amber safety lights outside Drumlease National School and school safety signage for schools in Diffreen and Leckaun.
The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas by attracting people to live and work there. The funding works in conjunction with local funding and on the basis of locally identified priorities.
The programme has been effectively closed for new applications since 2009 but was reopened by Minister Ring on October 6, 2016.
The funding is provided under the following headings:
LOCAL ACCESS ROADS
Heron’s Shore Drumshanbo: €14,400 with €3,600 from LCC for 450m x 3m of road improvements required. Creation of foot path from car park area to the lake shore 200m x 1.5m.
Lower Annagh Yugan: €17,600 with €4,400 from LCC for 300m x 3m of road improvements required. Creation of foot path from car park area to the lake shore 300m x 1.5m.
Carrigallen Lake: €8,000 with €2,000 from LCC for 200m x 3m of road improvements required. Creation of a car park area at lake shore 25m x 25m
OUTDOOR PLAY FACILITIES ENHANCEMENT SCHEME/SUPPORT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MULTI-USE GAMES AREAS
Carrick on Shannon Leisure Facility: €56,800 with €14,200 from LCC for Surface removal and provide all weather surface.
CLÁR SAFETY PACKAGE FOR SCHOOLS/COMMUNITY FACILITIES
FLASHING AMBER SAFETY LIGHTS
Drumlease National School €7,000
Fenagh National School €7,000
Gortletteragh National School €7,000
Drumkeerin National School €7,000
Kilnagross National School €7,000
Drumcong National School €7,000
Kinlough National School €7,000
Dowra National School €7,000
Leitrim Village National School €7,000
Aughavas National School €7,000
SPEED SAFETY SIGNS
Diffreen National School €14,000
Tarmon National School €14,000
Leckaun National School €14,000
Drumcong National School €22,000
Drumkeerin National School €22,000
Carrick on Shannon National School €22,000
County Roscommon Projects
Cortober - Reduce speed from the N4 to Shannon View Estate (Croghan Road) - €20,000
Croghan NS - Road Safety - €7,000
Greaghnafarna - Improve visibility and signage €3,000
Stabraggan - Improve visibility and signage €3,000
Drumboylan - Child safety signs and road markings €2,000
Keadue - Relocate existing playground - €39,997.40 (CLAR) and €9,999.35 (Local Authority) - €49,996.75 total.